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Climb Mount Meru with highlights including....

  • Africa's 5th highest mountain; Mt. Meru (4566m or 14,980ft).
  • Great acclimatisation trek before Kilimanjaro or standalone trek on it's own.
  • Less busy than Kilimanjaro
  • Views of Mt. Kilimanjaro from the higher altitude (on a clear day).
  • and much more!
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Socialist peak (Meru)

Oh no! This might be a little too short for this route

Although a 3 day trek is possible on Mount Meru this involves a huge trek from the summit to park gates which most cannot achieve. You can still request a custom quot if you prefer this option.

Day 1 - Arrival & pre-climb briefing at a Moshi or Arusha based lodge

Direct arrival at a lodge in Moshi at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro (if climbing Kilimanjaro after Meru) or at Arusha. This evening you will have a pre-climb briefing with your guide and a consultant.

  • Check in time: 12:00pm
  • Expected briefing time: 17:00pm
  • Meals included: none

Day 2 - Moshi or Arusha based lodge to Momella Gate to Miriakamba Huts

Drive from Moshi to Momella gate, complete park formalities at the gate, then start your trek. This day is sometimes referred as a “walking safari” you may encounter wild animals such as giraffe, antelope, zebras etc. An armed ranger from the park will accompany the group.

  • Approx driving distance: 2-3 hours
  • Approximate trekking time: 3-4 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 6km
  • Start Altitude: 1640m
  • End Altitude: 2515m
  • Highest Altitude reached: 2515m
  • Altitude gain: 875m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut

Your day involve a short but very steep hike along the ridge of the saddle. Upon arrival at the hut you may hike Little Meru for acclimatization right before your summit trek. If cloudless you may see the view of Mount Meru Crater and Ash tray.

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Approximate trekking time: 3-4 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 6.5km
  • Start Altitude: 2515m
  • End Altitude: 3565m
  • Highest Altitude reached: 3900m
  • Altitude gain: 1305m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Saddle Hut to Socialist Peak to Miriakamba Hut

You will start your summit trek around midnight through a steep trail to Rhino point (3800m) then to Cobra point (4350m). You will then scramble on a rocky ridge between Crater and inner cliff of Meru. You will reach the summit at sunrise with spectacular views of Mount Meru Ash tray and Mount Kilimanjaro. Descend back to saddle hut and later to Miriakamba hut for your last night on the mountain.

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Approximate trekking time: 12-15 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 18km
  • Start Altitude: 5565m
  • End Altitude: 2515m
  • Highest Altitude reached: 4566m
  • Altitude gain / loss: +1001m/-2051m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Miriakamba Hut to Momella Gate to Moshi or Arusha based lodge

Begin your final descent to Momella gate, today you will hike through a forest where it is likely to encounter wild animals. After a tipping ceremony at the gate our driver will transfer you back to Moshi or Arusha for your overnight stay.

  • Approx driving distance: 0.5-2 hours
  • Approximate trekking time: 4-5 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 14km
  • Start Altitude: 2515m
  • End Altitude: 1640m (park gates)
  • Highest Altitude reached: 2515m
  • Altitude loss: 875m
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 - End of our services after check-out.

After check-out our services end or you can include extra activities, a Kilimanjaro trek, safari, beach extension or a airport transfer.

  • Check out time: 12:00pm
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Climb Meru

The second highest mountain in Tanzania at 4566 meters (14,980 feet) is excellent for an acclimatisation / training trek for Kilimanajro or a great standalone trek. Although the altitude is lower than Kili, this mountain can be a more difficult ascent compared to the Marangu and Rongai routes.

  • Parks and reserves:
    Arusha National Park
  • Activities included:
    Mountain trek
  • Optional activities:
    After trek wildlife safari
  • Pre/post safari accommodation:
    Included
  • Best months for this tour:
    January to December
  • Commonly seen animals:
    Buffalo, colobus monkey, warthogs, Tawny eagles
  • Occasionally seen animals:
    Elephants
  • Rarely seen animals:
    Leopard

Standard packages usually include...

  • 1 Night accommodation at a base lodge on BB basis before trek
  • 1 Night accommodation at a base lodge on BB basis after trek
  • All National Park conservation, park entry, hut, ranger and rescue fees for itinerary
  • Trained, certified and experienced English speaking mountain guide/s
  • Mountain porters (1 x porter carrying personal mountain luggage of 12kg for Meru per 1 person)
  • Chef/cook, waiter porter and eating utensils
  • Meals indicated on the itineraries [B = breakfast, L = Hot lunch or packed lunch, D = dinner]
  • 1 x transfer from a Moshi or Arusha based lodge to park gates; per group
  • 1 x transfer back to a Moshi or Arusha based lodge to park gates; per group
  • Boiled drinking water on trek (from 1st hut on-wards)
  • Basic first aid kit per group
  • 1 pulse oximeter per group for twice daily health checks with guide

Optional extras you can add...

  • Supplemental oxygen or emergency oxygen cylinders
  • Comfort upgrades such as a personal porters for extra luggage, summit porters etc.
  • Airport or other transfers
  • Additional transfers from park gates to lodges
  • Domestic flights
  • Extra nights’ accommodation at a lodge
  • Personal mountain equipment such as sleeping bags, walking poles, duffel bags etc.

Standard packages usually exclude...

  • Tips / gratuities
  • Beverages such as soft drinks, alcohol etc.
  • International flights
  • High altitude trekking insurance (visit recommended provider)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Water on first day of trek
  • Metal & hard plastic water bottles, water bladders etc. (note: soft plastics are not permitted on the mountain)

When to visit?


These recommendations are based on weather predictions and trends.

Excellent time

January, February, July to October, December

Good time

March, June, November

Mixed time

April, May

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When to visit?


These recommendations are based on weather predictions and trends.

Excellent time

January, February, July to October, December

Good time

March, June, November

Mixed time

April, May

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